Live vs. Recording
As I watched Nick Cave strut his skinny stuff all over the stage, less like the defrocked preacher of old and more like a man on a musical mission, I thought how silly we are to think we can reproduce this without him. Without all of them. A concert is a performance for all of your senses, a recording isn't. This should be painfully obvious and I for one consider watching Sharon Van Etten and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (spitting) from a few rows back to be a very different experience compared to staring at the space between my two speakers. Ideally, listening to records will bring us closer to the music and with some care and attention paid to the quality of this experience we can for those moments in time get lost in it.